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Start a Career in Healthcare with Catholic Charities’ Free Geriatric Home Aide Course


Interested in a career in healthcare? Get started by enrolling in a Free Geriatric Home Aide (in-home care) certificate course offered by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, in partnership with Foothill Community College.

An orientation and Q&A session will be held on April 9 from 2-4 p.m., and the first class will begin immediately afterwards, from 4-6 p.m.

Taking the non-credit course is a great way to begin a journey in healthcare. The training is designed to provide students with basic, hands-on skills and knowledge that are needed to start a career in healthcare. This course emphasizes basic nursing needs, safety considerations, and nutritional needs for older adults. Students also learn how to provide care to ambulatory elderly patients in their homes.

“I have worked with elderly dementia patients before, but now I really understand how to care for them better. I want to learn more and continue in this field of work, so I am going to continue taking more courses at Foothill,” said June, who recently completed the course.

Students who have graduated from the class have been successful in starting careers in the healthcare industry. They have found work as caregivers, nurse assistants, or have continued their education and graduated with a degree in healthcare.

For more than eight years, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has partnered with Foothill Community College to offer this free certificate course.

Class meeting dates are April 9 to June 6 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 2-6 p.m. In total, there are 104 hours of classroom training, no cost tuition or fees, and books will be provided. No residency documentation is required. Classes take place at Catholic Charities, 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, 95134. To sign-up or learn more, please call (408) 325-5171.